Say farewell to 2018 and hello to 2019 with this list of New Year’s Eve events in Gainesville and Alachua County, FL!
Sparks in the Park: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration Ring in the New Year in downtown Gainesville with this Free event. The evening festivities start at Depot Park with family-friendly music and fireworks! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a live DJ and SNOW! Following the fireworks display take a colorful walk to Bo Diddley Plaza where the party continues! Glow downtown features the sidewalks from SE 2nd street and 3rd street connecting Bo Diddley Plaza to Depot Park lined with a rainbow of brightly colored lights. The whole family will enjoy this fun and festive way to see downtown on New Year’s Eve. The Glow walk is roughly 5-10 minutes and half a mile.
5pm – 7pm at Depot Park, 874 S.E. 4th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601.
Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration The Party continues at Bo Diddley Plaza after the Fireworks at Depot Park! The Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 9 p.m., and continues until midnight in Bo Diddley Plaza. It features two bands and a countdown to midnight to ring in 2019 with the sounds of noisemakers provided free to the audience. Headlining this experience are The Impostors (The Beatles tribute band) and The Shakedown (contemporary blues). Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the plaza for seating. Free.
9pm at Bo Diddley Plaza 111 E University Ave.
New Year’s Eve party at Cypress & Grove: Come join us to celebrate NYE in style! Live Music includes TJ Washburn and Special Guest 2:30 – 3:30pm, Dozenaires 3:30 – 5:30pm, Vowls 6:00-8:00pm, Funky Miracle 8:15 – 10:15pm , Chuck Martin and the Threetles 10:30 – 12:30. Mayflower Cellars and Cilantro Tacos serving food!
2pm – 1am. Cypress & Grove Brewing Company 1001 NW 4th St.
New Year’s Eve Global Peace Dance: Open to men & women of all faiths are welcome to participate in a Global Peace Dance with music, singing, & dancing to bring the year to closure as we ring bells in a spirit of harmony & optimism. “Dances of Universal Peace” in a sacred & joyful candlelit atmosphere with live music, singing, & dancing to bring the year to closure & welcome the new. The simple multi-cultural/spiritual circle dances will be taught by DiAnahita Kanoy, accompanied by local musicians, & everyone joins in. This well-attended 2 decades-long tradition, offers a vibration of peace rippling around the Globe, in unison with Dance circles throughout the world as we sing peace mantras from various sacred traditions. Our moments of conscious peacefulness and joy will go out with us in our lives, affecting others & radiating into the Earth’s atmosphere. New & experienced dancers are ushered into an inspired harmonious validation of life that uplifts the spirit. Come alone or bring a friend. Event cost $10, 7pm.
United Church of Gainesville, 1624 Northwest 5th Avenue, Gainesville 32603.
New Year’s Eve at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel and Conference Center: Dance the Night Away with Gosia and Ali Quintet from 8:30pm to 12:30am! Evening Includes Hors D’oeuvres, Dinner, Champagne Toast, Cash Bar, Balloon Drop, Party Favors and More! $95 per person. Call to make reservations: 352-331-7109.
Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th blvd.
NYE Block Party at The Top, Atlantic, Arcade Bar & The Wooly : Party it up in downtown Gainesville this New Year’s Eve with this Block Party. Join us for an all-out takeover of North Main Street on New Year’s Eve. DJ’s spinning at five different locations from 10pm – close: Arcade Bar (3rd Floor) – Young Turk (Hip-Hop/Top40), The Atlantic – DJ’s Wax Atom & Blonde Ambition (80’s, Punk, Motown), The Wooly – DJ’s Cameron Gregory & J Rey (70’s Disco), The Alley – DJ Sketch (House/Techno), the TOP (back patio) – DJ TBA. Free bubbly at midnight! No cover, 21+ only, Spread the word!
10pm- 2am at N Main St.
NYE All Night Skate at Skate Station Funworks: New Year’s Eve Fun for the whole family! The celebration begins at 7:30pm and is open for all activities and all ages until 11pm. After Midnight the overnight party continues until 7am for ages 15 and under only but don’t worry there is plenty of adult supervision. All night event includes unlimited play, dinner, breakfast, games and prizes, Balloon drop, hats, horns and noisemakers! Admission from 7:30pm to 11pm starts at $9. All Night Ticket $25 pre-paid, $30 at the door.
7:30pm- 7am. Skate Station Funworks 311 NW 76th Blvd.
Rockeys New Year’s Eve Party 2019: GOODBYE 2018! WELCOME 2019! Gainesville’s premier New Year’s Eve party destination! Rockey’s will be celebrating all night long to bring in 2019 with a bang! All guests will receive a complimentary glass of Champaign for a midnight toast; and a variety of appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and finger foods will be provided to keep everyone going long after the ball drops. Traditionally our biggest night of the year, Rockeys urges guests to pre-purchase VIP tables to secure the best seats in the house. General admission will also be available at $10 per person with no seating guarantee.
VIP table reservations
7pm –2am, Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar 112 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Spark @ Embers Annual NYE Cocktail Bash: Don’t miss the fun and food! Spark is the place for New Year’s Eve! Spark’s Cocktail Bash includes charcuterie with house-cured meats and cheeses from around the world. Butler passed hor ‘d oeuvres includes favorites from the Spark menu such as lobster croquettes, prime beef, shrimp and grits, duck wings, all freshly created by our chef. Sparks mixologists will have unlimited sparkling wines, 5 specialty cocktails, classic well drinks, 30 wines by the glass and our craft beers. This Event has sold out the past two years. $75 per person pre-purchased.
8pm – 1am. Embers: 3545 Southwest 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino: Ages 21+ are invited to this annual tradition! Enjoy music by DJ Malibu, Complimentary Masks, Balloon Drop, Photo Booth & more! Doors at 8pm, $5 at the door.
The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino 232 1/2 SE 1 St, Gainesville, FL 32601
NYE at Loosey’s: Dressed up (or down) you’re always among friends at Loosey’s – come as you are! We’ll say “Sayonara, Sucker!” to 2018 and “Hellloooo!” to 2019 in the best way possible – among friends and slightly liquored up. And on a night where cover charges can run rampant – with the disappointment of half-assed buffets and headache-inducing well drink specials – have no fear! Our NYE Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron will be what YOU make it (with a wall of yummy craft beer and a pretty decent bubbly) which without doubt will be something talked about all year. Drink specials: Full Bottles of Champagne & Specialty Cocktails. Doors: Officially at 9, but no cover! Kitchen open 11am-12am
Loosey’s – Downtown Gainesville 120 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601
NYE at Public and General: We’re excited to do things a bit differently this NYE. Open from 8pm-2am. Our kitchen will be closed, but our cheese and charcuterie station and bar will be open! Myke Colby will be bringing the party and playing the finest of jams. We’ll be having drink specials & a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Bring your buds, we are excited to ring in the new year with you!
Public & General: 1000 Northeast 16th Avenue, Building H, Gainesville, Florida 32601
New Year’s Eve at the Social: It’s time for the BEST New Years Eve Party in Gainesville!! We have an ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet featuring a Prime Rib Carving Station and Endless Alcoholic Beverages. Join us for great food, dancing and of course our Famous Champagne Toast on the Roof to ring in the New Year!!
The Social GNV: 1728 W University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32603
The Bank Presents Fizz Clink Drink! A Masquerade: The Bank Bar and Lounge would like to cordially invite you to the NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL! The Bank will be grooving down with your favorite old school tracks and Top 40’s. The Vault Lounge is where the VIP club is at. with a more sophisticated, but equally fun vibe. Doors open at 9 PM. FREE champagne toast served at midnight!
Don’t forget to dress up, bring your mask, and come out and invest your time wisely! Proper attire required!!
The Bank Bar and Lounge: 22 West University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Backstreet Blues Chophouse and Oyster Bar: Come celebrate your last dinner in 2018 in style with our special menu and Complimentary Champagne Toast. Chef Ed is creating a wonderful menu that will send you off in style into 2019. A5 Waygu will be available that night! Call 352-363-6792 or 352-562-2837 to book today. $75.00 per person(does not include the A5)
Backstreet Blues Chophouse and Oyster Bar 6500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, Florida 32608
New Year’s Eve Party at Big Top Brewing Company: 3-course dinner for $20. Reservations required, call 352-225-3593. Choose your app: Choose your app: cauliflour bites, oyster bruschetta, or quesadillas. Choose your entree: chicken marsala, shrimp scampi pasta, or 4oz bacon wrapped filet (served with mixed veg and a baked potato). Choose your dessert: cream puffs, New York style cheesecake, or brownies smothered in chocolate ganache. Dinner will be served 7-11pm. And stay until midnight for the complimentary champagne toast!
Big Top Brewing Company: 201 SE 2nd Ave, #101, Gainesville, FL 32601
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Fluid Lounge: This year marks a special type of New Year celebration, and we will have a complimentary photobooth to remember the occasion by, as well as DJ JT spinning to keep the party going! Each ticket purchase comes with a classic cocktail of your choice and a champagne toast at midnight. Come ring in the New Year with us! Tickets are sold in house at Fluid Lounge at $20 each. 9pm-2am
Fluid Lounge: 140 SW 128th St, Ste C, Newberry, FL 32669
NYE Countdown Party at Flip Factory: Countdown with the your family! Wear your New Years gear and party with us to end your 2018! We’ll be hosting a Kid Friendly New Years countdown at 8 PM which will consist of a Balloon Drop!
Flip Factory Zone, 7400 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605